TEDxRITK- “I’mpossible”

Posted on: December 17, 2018

As citizens of Kosovo we sometimes grow up believing that nothing is possible. However, as students of RIT Kosovo, we are taught to believe otherwise. We are taught to believe anything is possible, and that if you work hard, you can reach those big dreams. As Student Government of RIT Kosovo we wanted to show […]

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An opportunity to grow…

Posted on: November 23, 2018

As students, we spend a lot of time studying, working and preparing ourselves for the future. In the midst of it all, we sometimes lose our energy, focus, and persistence. In such moments, a platform like IPKO Foundation and its scholarship program give us the right push to go forward. The biggest benefit of the […]

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Artificial Intelligence Revolution

Posted on: October 10, 2018

We are currently experiencing a revolution in Artificial Intelligence (AI). It is helping doctors diagnose diseases, banks better assess customer loan risks, farmers predict crop yields, marketers target and retain customers, and manufacturers improve quality control. If we look through these latest advancements in technology and AI in particular, we can say for sure that […]

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Posted on: September 20, 2018

I am Dion Deva co-founder of “TE Pema”, I have applied at IPKO Foundation for the 500€ grant, a grant that is used for the construction of the irrigation system (drip irrigation) in the project called TE Pema. “TE Pema” is a project aimed for improving the quality of air and awareness of the population […]

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Where there is support, there is growth

Posted on: September 3, 2018

Every time I experience moments that make me feel like they come only once in a lifetime, I always end up thinking how I could’ve easily missed out on this kind of experience and feel grateful for the way things worked out to create the path that there. This time, if it wasn’t for IPKO […]

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Podujeva Academic Workshop Series (PAWS)

Posted on: August 20, 2018

Have you ever wondered if there are fun, yet productive activities during the summer in Podujeve? After a successful first edition of Podujeva Academic Workshop Series (PAWS) last year, IPKO Foundation has helped me and my team to take PAWS to the next level with a new edition this year. The Podujeva Academic Workshop Series […]

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Dreams Are Worth More than Money

Posted on: August 13, 2018

Students, more than most people, are faced with daily financial struggles. Because most of our time is dedicated toward our studies, we cannot really afford—from a time perspective—to constantly work full time and earn the money we need. This ineligibility to earn and spend my own money was stressing me out, and in some instances, […]

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Change Agents program a life changing experience

Posted on: July 9, 2018

Hi everyone, I am Elda Brada and I come from Kosovo. I became part of YMCA in Kosovo in 2015, when they decided to open a branch in my hometown Peja and I am part of this amazing organization from then on. With the YMCA I have had lots of amazing opportunities, but truly speaking […]

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Posted on: June 25, 2018

In our fervent web-browsing, we constantly encounter information that impacts our mindset and defines the way we see ourselves. Unfortunately, much of this self-exploration happens in a different language than the one we were brought up speaking. While it is true that immersing ourselves in other languages and cultural contexts opens up wider horizons for […]

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FemArt Festival 25-31 May, 2017

Posted on: May 21, 2018

For the Fifth time, Artpolis organized FemArt festival – Women Artists Regional Festival that was held in Prishtina and Mitrovica North during 25-31 May 2017 (7 days). “FemArt” as every year has achieved its mission of providing a welcoming place for women artists to show their art, inspired by social themes and Human rights in […]

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A life changing experience with the change agents program

Posted on: May 3, 2018

My name is Dren Haxhija and I come from Kosovo. I have been a part of the YMCA in Kosovo for the past 4 years and a youth worker for 9 months. I have had a lot of life-changing experiences during my time at the YMCA but none of them was like the one with […]

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21st Century Youngsters

Posted on: April 6, 2018

Let me tell you the story how one congress brought together youth from different places, with different stories, who share common goals with the same passion and strength. And how I had the chance to be part of it thanks to my work in Artpolis and the sponsorship from IPKO Foundation. The 36 th International […]

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From a worrier to a warrior..

Posted on: March 19, 2018

Nowadays, as we struggle with the lack of financial help and support, students in our society tend to be more stressed and more disoriented than usual. Instead of paying the fullest attention to our studies, we keep thinking of finding the suitable way to finance our studies or even buy the literature we need. Even […]

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Artificial Intelligence is the future and you can help with it

Posted on: March 8, 2018

As we live in the Information Age, we are all witnesses of the great technological development that our world is going through. Apart from all the scientific and technological breakthroughs, the field of Artificial Intelligence (AI) is growing rapidly and is starting to have a great impact in our everyday life as part of the […]

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Pave Your Own Way!

Posted on: February 26, 2018

Kosovo needs to pave the way for an emerging generation of young leaders who are well-educated and open to challenges. With the right education and experience, each one of us can book a ticket to be part of this pioneering generation which our country desperately needs. As a junior at RIT Kosovo, majoring in Public […]

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Animating through Inspiration

Posted on: February 12, 2018

Growing up I was always told to do what was expected of me. To pick the easy and secure path in life. The same went for my career, I was always advise to pick a career that fit the norm, that was safe and reliable. Being advised to settle for the secure route I followed […]

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From Curiosity to Innovation

Posted on: January 22, 2018

Life in a small town is not always inspiring. Gracanica – a place with very modest conditions and possibilities, but great people with full potential and ability to make something beneficial and extremely necessary for our youth. Recently I became a member of the organization “Young Active Gracanica” which offers our youth the opportunity and […]

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One Step Closer

Posted on: January 15, 2018

Whenever I find myself in a stressful situation, or at the least, am confronted by a challenge, I imagine myself talking to my future self, who has already overcome it. He talks to me with calmness, as if he has managed to do it with ease. I imagine feeling those positive vibes, and all of […]

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IPKO Foundation’s Help to Share My Passion in the Digital World

Posted on: December 22, 2017

People usually decide to go to mountains to get away from the routine, find peace away from the noisy roads or the technology that became a part of everyone’s life for good or worse. But, a problem is that a very few people choose mountains as a medicine to themselves and as a lesson to […]

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From A-Z it’s DEFCON or Dreams Comes true

Posted on: December 14, 2017

For us it was a dream being in the DEFCON cyber security conference, considering that all efforts we have tried in the past have failed. For many years we have looked forward towards realizing our dream because as we have seen DEFCON on the internet, it was incredibly amazing and crazy. Going to IPKO Foundation […]

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Kosovo’s First Ever Global Robotics Challenge

Posted on: December 4, 2017

Robotics in Kosovo is a very new subject, and it is an unexplored territory for us, knowing that fact we decided to challenge ourselves and take part in a Robotics Challenge of Global scale, to tell to the world that we too can achieve a working robot, and we did it! We build our robot, […]

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IPKO Foundation helped me before I can help the world

Posted on: November 22, 2017

When I decided to become a doctor, the only thing that was flying through my mind was “Well, I will help the world and save lives.” and it gave me the right reason to follow my long, cold and really hard road. These days I’ve arrived almost at the end of road and I can […]

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The Wonderful Spots Our Country Has To Offer

Posted on: November 9, 2017

We, at Supercampers, now consider ourselves lucky. First is, of course, for receiving support from IPKO Foundation and second, on our first chance given to experience and document one of the most motivational event so far. It’s the case of this courageous young girl, who went rock climbing with us, in her very first experience […]

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Film and technology, a synergetic power *effect* on today’s education

Posted on: September 29, 2017

Anibar International Animation Festival is known for introducing the world of animation to the people of Kosovo on a bigger scale. Through the festival and organization for eight years now, we have come face to face with the people and have seen their need and passion to be educated in various areas that interest them. […]

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A once-in-a-lifetime Opportunity

Posted on: September 20, 2017

Working on social media and marketing can be a little lonely at times, especially if you are working as a team of one. Imagine being around like-minded people who understand your daily struggles and learning from top professionals in the marketing world. RockitWAW conference is the secret to all of that. This conference, ranging from […]

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The Path To Completion

Posted on: September 13, 2017

Mathematics has been said to be the queen of all sciences, the language of nature and the universe and nothing confirms this idea more than studying it further. The beauty of mathematics is what made me start to study it, I wanted nothing more than to explore every nook and cranny that the world of […]

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Digitizing our school and improving teaching/learning methodologies

Posted on: August 21, 2017

A famous quote by composer Brahms says that “Without craftsmanship, inspiration is a mere reed shaken in the wind” and by this principle we at Secondary Technical School known as “Teknika” in Gjakova strive to shape the talents and work of our students and prepare them for their further life endeavours. Established since 1969 the […]

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Don’t be Afraid to Try

Posted on: August 11, 2017

I remember the first day at University, I was 18 and coming straight out of high school. The stress of making major life decisions was slowly creeping up on me – I was clueless yet enthusiastic. That first year of college changed a lot of my opinions and thoughts about many of life’s different mechanisms […]

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LEAPing to Success in the Thriving Entrepreneurship Ecosystem in Kosovo

Posted on: August 11, 2017

Recently, the generous support of IPKO Foundation gave rise to an unprecedented event for Prishtina which cast spotlight on the thriving entrepreneurship ecosystem in Kosovo. The LEAPin Prishtina conference offered youngsters from all across Kosovo life-changing stories told by some of the most renowned entrepreneurs Kosovo has to offer, like Arben Avdiu, the CEO of […]

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Don’t let the lack of money crush your dreams!

Posted on: June 30, 2017

As far as I can remember myself, my biggest dream was to become a doctor. Luckily that dream soon turned into reality. From an early age, I was determined and worked hard to build the path towards the longing goal I had set for myself. And after hundreds of sleepless nights combined with coffee, the […]

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Healthier Mothers & Children, One App at a Time

Posted on: June 23, 2017

Stemming from the pressing need to access essential information on pregnancy, family planning, labor, and child care in a fast and easy fashion, Action for Mothers and Children has initiated the development of the first mobile application in Albanian language, which provides evidence-based information on the aforementioned topics. The mobile application “Nana” represents an extension […]

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The right push, at the right time!

Posted on: May 19, 2017

With the latest technology innovations happening faster than ever before, we are witness of most advanced time in human history. Living at this time is luck, but being a part of the developers world who make these innovations is a blessing. This is the reason that I will never regret choosing to study computer science. […]

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Open Data is Key to Innovation

Posted on: May 12, 2017

Did you know that Open Data and Open Access are the main drivers for innovation nowadays? Open Data is data that can be freely used, shared and modified by anyone for any purpose. Whereas, Open Access is about research outputs that are free of all restrictions on access and use. According to many studies the […]

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33C3 the Hacker utopia

Posted on: May 5, 2017

In times when everything was covered in festive colors, and everyone was dealing with final conclusions, calculating pros and cons of their passing year and planning the one to come, we were given a chance to postpone ours. On December 27th, thanks to the support of IPKO Foundation, we traveled to Germany to attend the […]

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Joining this new family!

Posted on: April 21, 2017

Hi everyone! My name is Blin Berdoniqi and I am currently enrolled on my 3rd year of studies at RIT Kosova (Former AUK); this year I have become part of IPKO Foundation Scholars community. Personally, I have had the pleasure of enjoying many different events that were organized from IPKO Foundation throughout the years prior […]

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Oslo Innovation Week

Posted on: April 14, 2017

Oslo Innovation Week is Europe’s largest innovation convention and the week-long series of events on identifying international leading trends and development in innovation and entrepreneurship, making it a significant meeting place to discuss opportunities and practices for growth and innovation every year. In 2016 I was very lucky to be part of this international and […]

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Developing Technological Products and Opportunities for the Youth

Posted on: April 7, 2017

FORMON LLC is a Kosovar based company which produces state of the art Personal 3D Printers, also known as Desktop 3D Printers. The development of technological products in Kosovo and creating opportunities for youth to express their potential in technology. On October, FORMON was invited to present Desktop 3D Printer Formon Core at Digital Show, […]

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It challenges you, and it will change you!

Posted on: March 31, 2017

During my upbringing, I have been taught about the importance of education over any other achievement in life. It has been ingrained in my head that gaining knowledge can provide the best personal advancement for any individual and that it will always yield the best interest. As a student committed to excellence, I have always […]

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Let’s talk a bit about 3D printers.

Posted on: March 17, 2017

Hello, my name is Jon, I am an enthusiast and a home scholar, maybe not a so bad alternative considering how boring and useless school can be in Kosovo. My tools are khanacademy.org, YouTube, instructables.com, eBay (yes, you can learn while shopping!), etc. With a 3D printer you can print all the plastic parts of […]

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Apply for the Sponsorship Program and Give Yourself a Chance to go Much Further!

Posted on: March 10, 2017

I’m Valdrin Gashi, a student at the Faculty of Arts here in Prishtina, third year. After a successful year in my profession, where IPKO Foundation played a huge part, I am writing this blog post to share my story to inspire you, the readers of this post, to follow your dreams and desires. At the […]

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Helping SOS children learn programming skills

Posted on: February 24, 2017

Shkolla Digjitale is a private school which is the first of a kind in Kosovo that got accredited by the national authority for qualifications for teaching Computers Sciences, Programming, Robotics and Electronic courses for children aged 4 to 18 years old. Currently Shkolla Digjitale operates in Prishtina and Ferizaj and it numbers around 600 active […]

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E-Learning as our best chance for fixing our failed education system

Posted on: February 17, 2017

Innovation, ideas, startups are impossible without any funding because we live in a capitalist world and pushing ideas forward won’t be possible without any it. Here in my home country funding is almost impossible to get, government grants are almost impossible to get and most of the other institutions who offer grants are overcrowded by […]

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Road to success!

Posted on: February 10, 2017

My name is Edmond Laja and I am a last year Computer Science and Engineering student. Before I got to university I liked computers and technology but I did not have much knowledge at this field and I was not really sure if this is my right choice or I should go somewhere else, after […]

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Show before the show!

Posted on: February 3, 2017

When working, every day is like a reality show. You have tasks (work tasks), you have collaborators (colleagues), you have judges (clients). PunPun (Work Work) is the reality show that simulates all of this, with funny tasks, difficult collaborators and a very professional jury. The second season, that is being aired on KTV every Friday […]

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Stay focused, go after your dreams and keep moving toward your goals!

Posted on: January 18, 2017

When I was first enrolled in University, despite the stress of being a newbie and adapting to the newly founded environment, one of the biggest point of stress for me was tuition. For some of us, a big part of our academic life goes to work and study in hopes we manage to pay tuition […]

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Posted on: January 4, 2017

(Link to Facebook Album for photos to use – See also photos inside PIKS folder) During the month of October, PIKS presented its newest project “UPSHIFT KMUNA”. This project is a synergy of the Kosovo Model United Nations Academy – KMUNA and the UPSHIFT project of the UNICEF Innovations Lab Kosovo. UPSHIFT KMUNA – “Global […]

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Third Wave of Sponsorship Program Opens Today!

Posted on: December 15, 2016

What better way of moving our youth and society as a whole forward than by encouraging, lifting, and strengthening one another? That is why supporting people’s dreams and turning their ideas into reality has always been IPKO Foundation’s main aim. Our work towards this support is best channeled through our Sponsorship Program. If you are […]

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A successful beginning supported by IPKO Foundation

Posted on: November 30, 2016

Hi everyone, I am Arjeta Mullatahiri, I have studied Telecommunication at Faculty of Electrical Engineering in Prishtina but, over the years I am grown to love the idea of mastering different skills on  translation, research, on content writing and web development. I have participated in learning activities that differ from my professional background and all […]

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At the Service of Our Youth

Posted on: November 14, 2016

Philanthropy is often misunderstood as the concept which involves “the rich” sharing a piece of their wealth with “the poor”. This widely held misconception often results in a stance held by a large part of society, who believe that they cannot possibly have enough to share with others when they are barely making a living […]

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Software Freedom Kosova Conference

Posted on: October 18, 2016

At the end of this week FLOSSK will be organizing the 7th edition of Software Freedom Kosova Conference. It would not have been possible without the generous support of our sponsors and supporters, IPKO Foundation key among them. FLOSSK is a rare breed in Kosovo, a community organization that promotes education in and technology development, […]

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Females in IT

Posted on: September 14, 2016

In order to tackle the gender divide in the ICT profession in Kosovo, A.U.K Training and Development Institute initiated the pilot project Female in IT (FIT) back in 2014. The project was co-supported by RIT Kosovo (A.U.K), Helvetas Swiss Intercooperation (through EYE Project), USAID‘s Empower Private Sector and IPKO Foundation. As part of the project, […]

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A touching action towards our loved ones: Mothers and Infants

Posted on: September 13, 2016

We encounter moving stories throughout all of our lives, and what makes them moving and worthwhile is the motive and inspiration behind them. The following article will talk about some of the ways our Sponsorship Program has affected mothers and infants in Kosovo. These kinds of stories make up the heart of IPKO Foundation. Below, […]

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Film and Technology – The Inseparable Duo

Posted on: September 9, 2016

Film and technology – the inseparable duo Anibar’s experience with JUNIOR OSCAR and IPKO Foundation Sponsorship Program Anibar has always been focused in increasing the interest and encouraging young people and young artists to experiment and work with computer arts, especially animation. This initiative is especially strong during Anibar International Animation Festival during which by […]

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Impressions and Experiences from the RoboCamp

Posted on: September 5, 2016

On our journey of seeking out, seeding and supporting the future leaders in the digital field in Kosovo, every once in a while we stumble upon an inspirational gem or two. Such is the case of the two young girls who were beneficiaries of the IPKO Foundation Scholarship Program and were enabled to participate in […]

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Here’s to you, future digital leader!

Posted on: August 18, 2016

To you, who is reading this as they sit at home thinking and browsing the web for some sort of solution to that idea that’s been boiling in your head. To you, who is running out of options with funds in their organization but still really, really wants to make that tech event happen. To […]

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A great boost, academically and personally!

Posted on: August 17, 2016

I am Edison Rama, I am currently on my last year of studies for getting my Bachelor’s degree of Computer Science in UBT College. I wanted to write this blog to tell the young minds of Kosovo about IPKO Foundation and what being an IPKO Foundation scholar is really about. I had heard about IPKO […]

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Connecting Kosovo to the world

Posted on: July 18, 2016

As a co-founder of Germin, a non-governmental organization that uses technology and virtual channels to connect and engage communities, I was introduced to the Digital Kosovo platform early on. I immediately decided to stay actively engaged with said platform because of its mission and potential impact. Having lived in Costa Rica, Argentina and the United […]

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Ipko Foundation Scholarship – Aftermath

Posted on: May 27, 2016

Hey, everyone! I’m Era Kuraja, a tech enthusiast obsessed with details, currently on my senior year of studying Computer Science – Software and Systems Engineering. At first, I was reluctant to pursue a major which I had little knowledge about, but three years later I can undoubtedly say that I am more than happy with my choice. […]

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My experience at IF – a piece of sunshine in the freezing winter of 2016

Posted on: May 5, 2016

I am Blerina Miftari, a science & book lover, a polyglot, inspired by creative minds & courageous spirits. I’m currently a senior undergraduate student at the University of Warsaw. I’ve worked as a social media volunteer for NGO’s such as ISF and We Speak Science, which shows that content writing is my cup of tea. […]

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Sfida e Dizajnit do të bashkoj mendjet kreative të nxënësve të shkollave fillore

Posted on: March 3, 2016

Projekti tradicional që është ura lidhëse e njohurive, logjikës dhe kreativitetit të fëmijëve, po rikthehet sërish këtë vit, duke pasur në qendër të fokusit nxënësit e shkollave fillore të Kosoves. Basic Educational Program (BEP) në sajë të përfundimit të misionit të tyre, gjatë këtij viti e kanë besuar dorëzimin e këtij aktiviteti tek IPKO Foundation […]

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Short experience from a Wiki participant, IF scholar and Wiki volunteer

Posted on: February 29, 2016

I am Herolinda Zenuni, currently a Master of Accounting student at Flinders University in South Australia and former student at the American University in Kosovo. My involvement with IF began in February 2013 with the first Wiki Academy Kosovo event. Together with my partner, Baton Xhuli, we wrote the article on Natural Resources of Kosovo […]

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Digital Kosovo – A platform which gave a different shape to my passion

Posted on: February 1, 2016

Since a young age I was always attracted to the way the clouds moved and the way that weather forecasting was done. It is truly interesting to observe the way the sky looks, the way the cloudiness moves and many other factors that affect the weather atmosphere, and that has always attracted me towards dealing […]

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Volunteering is about giving, contributing, and helping other individuals and the community!

Posted on: January 18, 2016

My name is Egzon, a web developer, passionate about movies, food and photography. I love volunteering in my community and I’m writing this blog to help readers understand what you can do to help your community. I am currently studying business management at Universum College, while I am also the Co-Founder of Lokacioni. Besides working, I […]

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BarCamp – Positive change for Kosovar youth

Posted on: December 14, 2015

I’m Lirie Lokaj. Actually, my second last name is Mazreku, with which I’m not completely used to yet, and often forget to mention it. Sometimes it’s surprising how the brain needs time to get used to a new name, but not to perform infinitely complicated cognitive functions within a few moments. Or maybe, sometimes we […]

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One day event: All the ins and outs of Blogging

Posted on: November 24, 2015

“Digital Storytelling: How to Blog”, training was unveiled last week by IPKO Foundation and Kosovo 2.0, in the E.U Information and Cultural Center, Prishtine. Roughly 20 participants from different backgrounds for one day learned the techniques, insights and everything related to online writing. This workshop gathered young people, who have writing skills and love to […]

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Memories from DOKU:TECH 2015

Posted on: November 9, 2015

In a world that is run by technology, I believe each and every one of us seeks information about it, ways of feeling more comfortable with the new technology and advancements and etc. It is a huge responsibility to bring that information in a feasible way to the common wanderer. DOKU:TECH is a place that […]

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A quick snap of my experience as part of DOKU:TECH 2015 team

Posted on: October 19, 2015

This year I had the opportunity to be part of the IF team for three whole months. It was my first internship ever, so you can say that I was kind of a virgin. I was part of a team who devote even their free time to the projects at hand and are always giving […]

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DOKU:TECH Infographic

Posted on: September 23, 2015

DOKU:TECH continued its mission of exploring and challenging the social implications of technological innovations and took on technology from different points of view. Thus, DOKU:TECH was open to everyone and it sought to be challenging and inspiring by known founders, entrepreneurs and doers coming from more than 20 countries. DOKU:TECH once again offered to the […]

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Lane Becker – Is Tech the Modern Day Gold Rush – Who Really Benefits?

Posted on: August 25, 2015

This is Lane Becker’s first visit to the Balkans. He is going to bring us a story of America and the California Gold Rush of the 1850’s. A harrowing adventure for the original gold seekers who picked nuggets up off the ground or panned for it in streams over time new technologies were developed which […]

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Esther Dyson – On the Way to Wellville

Posted on: August 25, 2015

The capstone conversation at DOKU:TECH 2015 is a conversation with homegrown business success Akan Ismaili and Esther Dyson – innovation evangelist and angel investor. Akan, co-founder of IPKO Telecommunications, just recently ended his term as the Kosovo Ambassador to the United States. Esther is both an investor and philanthropist with interests that range from healthcare […]

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Jan-Erik Nyrövaara – From Ideas to Actions

Posted on: August 9, 2015

We kicked off DOKU:TECH 2015 in a big way yesterday.  In the shadow of the minaret of the Gazi Mehmet Pasha Mosque speakers brought the future closer to Kosovo – from digital currency to privacy to nano robots to trips to the moon. After introducing the speakers to DOKUNIGHTS, a few films and a hike […]

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Arikia Millikan – Gender and Tech – Is the imbalance damning the human race?

Posted on: August 9, 2015

From business to Ladybits.  Arikia Millikan‘s talk has a provocative title – is the gender imbalance in the tech world damning the human race?  Arikia is the only speaker in the line-up to tackle this issue head on. This is a good question to ask in Kosovo given the large absence of women from the […]

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Max Gurvits – Mindsets, Attitudes and Risk-taking

Posted on: August 9, 2015

Max is no stranger to Kosovo. In fact Max is no stranger to a lot of places – born in Russia, citizen of Holland, educated in the US and living in Bulgaria. He brought Prishtina for the Win to Kosovo and his new CCC Ventures supports entrepreneurs and start ups around the world. What kind […]

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Dokutech brings the future closer to Prizren

Posted on: August 8, 2015

A warm day in the city of Prizren, Kosovo kicked-off the second edition of Dokutech, an alternative tech and social conference, that puts the attention around the tech community and the power that comes from it, through networking, stories and openness. With an amazing line-up of speakers and engaging workshops, the amazing venue – The League […]

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DOKU:TECH 2015 Kicks Off with Yanki Margalit

Posted on: August 8, 2015

It was difficult for the organizers to match the awesomeness of the inaugural DOKU:TECH 2014 which took place last summer in Andrra, Prizren.  The speakers were thought provoking and the venue was picturesque.  Somehow the team has managed to improve upon 2014 with DOKU:TECH 2015 kicking off at the historical Lidhja e Prizrenit – League […]

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Laurent Haug – helping people find ideas, and ideas find people

Posted on: August 8, 2015

Laurent Haug is second on the agenda – a founder of LIFT – ideas conference in Switzerland and a partner of a new seed investment venture MKS Alternative Investments. One of our favorite speakers from DOKU:TECH 2014 – Bruce Sterling – is a regular speaker at LIFT and serves on their advisory board. What kind […]

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Elizabeth Stark – Free Culture is Possible

Posted on: August 8, 2015

Bringing us more optimism….Elizabeth Stark occupies the third slot at DOKU:TECH 2015. Known for co-organizing the protest movement which helped shut down the internet in protest against SOPA and PIPA Elizabeth taught previously at Stanford and Yale and started the Ideas for a Better Internet Program at Stanford to engage students in working on projects […]

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Kentaro Toyama – Geek Heresy

Posted on: August 8, 2015

All that optimism from the earlier speakers has gotten us excited. Not so fast…wait til you hear the message of the next speaker. Earlier this summer I heard Kentaro Toyama speak to a room full of international development practitioners who work with the United States Agency for International Development in Washington, DC.  You know the […]

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Peter Sunde – Get out from behind your ‘Like’ button

Posted on: August 8, 2015

Peter Sunde has been to Kosovo before but never to Prizren. Before the start of DOKU:TECH 2015 I took a long hike up to the Kalaja e Prizrenit with Peter. I made the mistake of taking the long way up to the Fortress – according to my Fitbit it was about 4 miles – so […]

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A Breeze of Tech at DOKU:TECH

Posted on: July 29, 2015

Gathered in the ancient city of Prizren, DOKU:TECH brings technology, creativity, inspiration and awesome people together. DOKU:TECH is a conference and workshop where the emphasis is placed on succeeding in the digital era and dealing with the impacts of technology in a society in transition. From cobblestone paved streets to the speaker’s podium, organizers of […]

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How Kosovo’s Civic Technology Work Goes Beyond Defined Country Lines

Posted on: July 16, 2015

As many remember, Kosovo has not always been peaceful. From 1998 to 1999, war ravaged the country. Many people fled and massive human rights abuses occurred. Having unilaterally declared its independence from Serbia in 2008, Kosovo is now a fairly new country and is still not recognized as an official state by the United Nations. […]

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A story from Tropoja: How Wiki Academy affected my life

Posted on: April 16, 2015

My name is Edona Seci, and I am a teenager who loves fashion sketches, drawings, and technology. I always fancied the social networks and everything related to technology. My life motto is “Creativity is intelligence having fun,” and I always believed that the biggest success in life is loving what you do and trusting yourself […]

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Helping Kosovo through the online Embassy

Posted on: March 2, 2015

Being a consultant, former employee and partner of numerous multi-national corporations, I have always wondered why something as simple as adding Kosovo to a list of countries online is not being done by many multi-nationals, universities and other legal entities. In four continents I have stressed the importance of including Kosovo, its people and its […]

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My Digital Kosovo Experience

Posted on: January 14, 2015

I am Adriana Sejfia, a senior student at American University in Kosovo, majoring in IT and Economics. Having been always interested in technology, I have held the position of social media assistant in Media Center at A.U.K.  This position has helped me to broaden my horizon of technological understanding. Nonetheless, I see technology not just […]

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On the way of becoming a barcamper

Posted on: December 1, 2014

I wanted to share with you the story of how I started going to BarCamp. My name is Flutura Sadiku and I’m a booklover/tech and science geek/human rights activist. I’m studying computer science and engineering, and I always try to go to as many educational events as possible so I can know what is really […]

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What Being an IPKO Foundation Scholar is All About

Posted on: October 14, 2014

My name is Anila Qehaja and I am a senior student at the RIT’s A.U.K. campus in Kosovo, concentrating in Public Policy and Management. As someone interested in energy and environmental policy, I have been working as a research assistant at the RIT/A.U.K. Center for Energy and Natural Resources (CENR) for almost a year now. […]

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The story of how DOKU:TECH became the highlight of my summer

Posted on: September 26, 2014

From my personal perspective, being part of the IF team means belonging to a community of highly ambitious and enthusiastic hard-workers who are on a relatively young age and who actually are doing great things for their peers and for the Kosovar society in general. Thus, the feeling of belonging as well as the feeling […]

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App Camp – The Best Weekend Ever

Posted on: June 26, 2014

I am Alban Asllani, student of Computer Science at UBT. In 2012 I was studying Computer Sciences at Department of Math, UP so one day we were drinking coffee with a friend who then suggested to apply for a competition that was organized by IPKO Foundation, and supported by Foreign Ministry of Kosovo, Norwegian Embassy, […]

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Increase your personal values and help others

Posted on: May 12, 2014

Born in a small village, called Gllobocica in the city of Kacanik most of my life I have lived in Gllobocica, then in 2010 I have started high school in Kacanik. I have graduated from high school in June 2013. Now I’m living in Kacanik, and I’m studying computer science in UBT, Prishtina. In high […]

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A Wikipedian’s Flashback

Posted on: May 11, 2014

I’m Petrit Augustini, and I currently work as a systems administrator at KosovaJob. I also happen to study psychology, and I read/edit Wikipedia since 2005. The latter activity is the reason IPKO Foundation invited me to speak and mentor at the Wiki Academy II. When I was a kid, I always envisioned an omniscient and […]

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Being part of something big

Posted on: April 4, 2014

My life has been all about physics and mathematics these past years. I study constructive engineering in University of Prishtina, before that i graduated in Mathematics Science in “Sami Frasheri” Gymnasium. Most of my free time, i play on my bass guitar, trying to figure out a nice tune for me and my band to […]

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The sixth round of IF Scholarships coming soon

Posted on: March 25, 2014

After five years of awarding scholarships to the brightest students of Kosovo and investing more than 278,000.00 Euros in their education, we are happy to inform you that IPKO Foundation will soon launch the new round. There are two substantial changes for the 2014/15 scholarship year: This academic year, each winner of scholarship will receive […]

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Marathonic work by teams in Gjakova and Prishtina camps

Posted on: February 24, 2014

What we have started some months ago, when just planning for the next Wiki Academy Kosovo, columnated this weekend with around 90 articles being written by teams coming from nine different cities of Kosovo. It all began on Saturday morning when Gjakova welcomed participants coming from Prizren and Peja to start writing their articles for […]

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Barcamps, decentralising events from Prishtina

Posted on: December 27, 2013

Back in October 2011 the concepts of unconference, ad-hoc conference or no predefined content were something unknown to the communities in Kosovo, who were in their alpha stages of establishment.  There shall be no speaker! A barcamp shall not be about experts teaching students, but about mutual exchange of knowledge. A passive audience used to […]

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Being an IF Scholar

Posted on: December 27, 2013

Nothing is compared to the joy I felt when received the e-mail saying I was one of the winners of the IPKO Foundation Scholarship Program. That could be because of the word winner in there, certainly, but the truth is that the doors that are open to you later on are those that give meaning […]

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Being part of an amazing team

Posted on: December 26, 2013

As part of IPKO Foundation team, I am experiencing the young and energetic atmosphere which reflects in all of our projects. I started to work for IF in July 2013 and these six months have been filled with so many activities that include a lot of young people, innovative ideas, and entertainment that I could […]

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How does it feel to be a Digital Diplomat?

Posted on: December 23, 2013

This year I graduated from the Central European University (CEU) in Budapest, and I can easily recall the application time to universities (including CEU) and particularly the stressful, but enjoyable research paper writing periods at the CEU. Thus, I think, I have a story to tell! First, when I applied for graduate studies, many times I did not find Kosovo […]

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My link with IPKO Foundation

Posted on: December 16, 2013

I am  Blerta Thaçi, currently studying at the Faculty of Electrical and Computer Engineering. I was the winner of the 2nd place in Startup Weekend Pristina #2 with “Math for Kids” mobile Application and the idea to start a Business in the Education Field. Currently I am working as an Android Developer in “Appsix” L.L.C […]

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Winning Scholarship Only the Beginning

Posted on: December 12, 2013

Last month, I partook in a project named “Shadow Project”, organized by “Kosovo CSR Network”, which is a newly established network that is attempting to apply corporate responsibilities to the companies in the region. The idea behind “Shadow Project” was that a chosen number of students were offered the chance to intensively engage in almost […]

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Wiki Academy- One of the Most Rewarding Experiences of My Life

Posted on: December 12, 2013

Atdhe Prelvukaj – First Place Winner Writing for Wiki Academy Kosovo has been one of the most rewarding experiences of my life thus far because I met a lot of interesting people, got to contribute towards a great cause, of representing Kosovo online and enriching Wikipedia with objective content. I heard of Wiki Academy Kosovo […]

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